During the time that you are working on your college application essay, reading personal essays by other writers can be extremely helpful. Seeing how a variety of successful writers have handled this form will make you more familiar and comfortable with the personal essay, give you a better idea of what constitutes a good one, and ultimately, instill in you a higher standard for your own work.
Some resources for the personal essay are listed below. Few of them are as short as 500 words but the basic principles still apply.
(Please Note: I am supplying these names and resources strictly for the benefit of students who want to learn more about the personal essay. I am not personally advocating any of these writers, their beliefs, or the way they write about them.)
The internet is bursting with blogs, many of them extremely well written. Since I do not feel that it’s appropriate for me to recommend one blog over another, I will just encourage you to check out some of the larger ones that feature a number of different writers and comb them for personal essays that capture your attention right from the beginning, develop a cogent point, and end with a flourish.
By steeping yourself in the form of the personal essay, you will get a better idea of what makes one essay take off and soar while another remains stubbornly earthbound. Ideally, you can then apply those concepts to your own work. A picture may be worth a thousand words, but sometimes a thousand words can give you a pretty clear picture.